44 million now suffer from dementia worldwide: Study
LONDON (AFP) - The number of people suffering from dementia has risen 22 per cent in the past three years, with 44 million people living with the disease worldwide, according to a study released on Thursday.
The report from Alzheimer Disease International predicts that the number of people suffering from the disease will triple worldwide to 135 million by 2050.
According to the new figures, 16 million people in western Europe will be living with the condition by 2050.
Mr Marc Wortmann, executive director at Alzheimer Disease International, said: "It's a global epidemic and it is only getting worse - if we look into the future the numbers of elderly people will rise dramatically.